Welcome to Through the Looking Glass

Welcome to the July and August 2017 issue of Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Reviews. I have put together a wonderful collection of reviews for you for this issue, and I hope you enjoy reading the reviews as much as I enjoyed writing them.

As always, the books reviewed on TTLG are carefully chosen by the editor. We only review books that suit the scope of TTLG, and that we feel have something to offer readers. Therefore, all our reviews are positive ones. We hope this will help you to find excellent books for the young people in your lives. If you are looking for books for yourself, we hope you will find books that you will enjoy reading. Please consider buying books through this website. Your purchases help to support our work, and give us the means to improve this online resource.

For this month’s special feature I am looking at books about Aliens. People all over the world enjoy reading about alien encounters. Many of us are fascinated by the idea that somewhere, out there, there are sentient beings who might be wondering if they are alone in the universe. Some of the aliens in these books are fearsome predators that enjoy a tasty human morsel every so often. Others are friendly creatures that form close bonds with humans.

In July and August most schools are closed for the summer vacation, and children all over the world get ready to enjoy family holidays, days at camp, and many other summer activities. When I was growing up, we would escape the heat of town by going into the mountains for a few weeks, or we would camp at the seaside. These camping trips were wonderful, and I still remember the hours I spent snorkeling, looking for pretty stones on the beach, and watching the fishing boats chug past. You will find a large collection of books about going to the beach on the Days at the beach page.

For this month’s Editor’s Choice title, I have selected Adventures with Waffles by Maria Parr. This delightfully funny and also thoughtful mid grade novel takes us through a year with a boy who, during that year, faces loss and change.

In every issue I spotlight a series that I am really enjoying, or have enjoyed in the past. For this issue I chose The Tripods Trilogy, a series that explores what aliens invade and take over Earth.  To tie into this Series Spotlight, my Author Spotlight looks at the life and accomplishments of John Christopher.

Finally, take a look at the Bookish Calendar page for book reviews about Henry David Thoreau, volcanoes, the moon landing, Amelia Earhart, and much more. This calendar is a great tool to use at home and in the classroom to help children incorporate books more fully into their lives.

In September of 2012 I launched a project that I would like to tell you about. It is a story blog  called Talon Diaries, and it is written by a colorful and very unusual character who is called Gryf. I hope you will come and read Gryf”s blog posts.

For those of you don’t know already, I also publish a blog about children’s books and the children’s book world. On the blog I post reviews, interviews with great authors and illustrators, I offer book giveaways, and I tell you about interesting contests and bookish events. Do visit the blog and sign up for the feed. In the coming year, I will be posting new picture book reviews on Mondays and poetry book reviews on Fridays.

Some of the titles I reviewed several years ago are now out of print. Though you cannot buy these books in every bookshop, many of them are still available for purchase on websites like Amazon.com.

I hope you enjoy this new issue, and I look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,

Marya

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